Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Renaming a File.

Renaming a File

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 17, 2016)

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Your macros can rename a file by using the Name command. This is a holdover from other versions of BASIC. The syntax is:

Name OldFile As NewFile

where OldFile is the name of the old file, and NewFile is the name of the new file. Both filenames must either be string variables or be enclosed in quotes. Both filenames can contain complete path names, but both must be on the same disk drive. If the path names differ, then the command also has the side benefit of moving the file from one directory to another.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2364) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Renaming a File.

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2017-02-23 04:07:08

Tana Vassou

Hi,

I have many excels in a Folder and want to rename them in a specific order. For example - Excel Sample A, Excel Sample B, Excel Sample C and so on.... Can you tell me the procedure to do this?

Thank you


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